Aporkalypse - Pigs of Doom

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Comical, quirky puzzler with good vs. evil theme.

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Ease of Play

You can control your pigs' movements using a four-way directional touch pad, or simply using the touchscreen to direct your pigs, depending on your settings. Main instructions are written for each level, but there are some features that players just need to figure out intuitively as the game goes along. You need to complete a level for the game to save it.

Violence

The main premise of the game is a battle of four pig heroes against pig devils from the underworld who are trying to destroy the world. A pig hero named War Pig has the superpower of firing cannons into enemies. 

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Language

Bad pigs are rude, heckling the good pigs. For example, one evil pig calls one hero pig "fat." The word "hell" is used in the game narrative.

Consumerism

A free version of the app has ads at the bottom of the page, but there are no ads in the paid version. There's a link to the developer's Facebook page, which promotes other titles.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Aporkalypse - Pigs of Doom is a generally tame and funny puzzle/maze game that sends players on a quest to save the world from doom. Use the superpowers of four pig heroes to conquer 30 levels of play against pigs from hell (and "hell" is used in the game narrative). A free version of the app has ads at the bottom of the screen; there are no ads in the paid version.

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Is it any good?

Even though the apocalypse may be a rather dark subject, APORKALYPSE - PIGS OF DOOM will not be scary for most tweens and teens. In fact, even the evil characters are somewhat comical. The quirky superpowers that the hero pigs possess -- including eating through roadblocks and then spitting them out to make bridges; shooting cannons; repelling evil with their stinkiness; and turning into ghosts -- are fun twists to traditional arcade-style mazes. Players collect coins throughout each level to move through solving the puzzles and mazes and progress to the next level. On the downside, if you don't finish a level it doesn't save your progress. Also, some important parts of the game are not explained and must be learned through trial and error, which could be frustrating for some younger players.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Price: $1.40
  • Release date: March 16, 2011
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: HandyGames
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 1.6 and up

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